The Department Of Homeland Securities 2014 Essay

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The Department of Homeland Securities 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) identifies six prevailing strategic challenges for the United States for the next several years. Those challenges are; the threat of terrorism, cyber threats, transnational criminal organizations, natural hazards, nuclear terrorism, and biological concerns. These threats represent challenges not only for the local communities, but the nation as a whole. There are a number of ways for states, local communities, and tribal organizations to prioritize and assess the greatest risks applicable to them, and the means in which to implement mitigating measures to reduce the risk from identified threats and hazards. The National Preparedness Goal under the direction of Presidential Policy Directive 8 outlines the means to which all facets of the nation can prepare. The stated objective of the National Preparedness Goal is to create “a secure and resilient Nation with the capabilities required across the whole community to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk.” (NPG, 2015, p.5) That process starts with the completion of a risk assessment. “A risk assessment collects information regarding the threats and hazards, including the projected consequences or impacts.” (National Preparedness System, 2011, p.2) The method used to complete the assessment is the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process.
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